Joan Rivers Follows Gay Wedding with Transphobic Slur


By Richard Horgan Comment

On Monday, during a book signing event at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, Joan Rivers married a male couple. For those who don’t know, the performer is also an ordained minister.

All good, right? Not so fast. On Tuesday, the 81-year-old comedienne spoke briefly on the street with a video reporter and added a throwaway one-liner that has her in hot water this July 4 holiday weekend. She called Michelle Obama a “tranny” after suggesting the sitting President is gay:

One notable public discussion can be found in the article comments at Along with of course a lot of Twitter reaction.




Update (July 7):
Leave it to Rivers to come up with a doozy of an explanation for her comments about the First Lady. Here’s part of what what she told CNN:

“I think it’s a compliment. She’s so attractive, tall, with a beautiful body, great face, does great makeup. Take a look and go back to La Cage Aux Folles. The most gorgeous women are transgender. Stop it already…”